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Set in New York's world of high stakes litigation, Damages follows the lives of Patty Hewes (Glenn Close), the nation's most revered and most reviled litigator, and her bright, ambitious protégée Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) as they become embroiled in a class action lawsuit targeting Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson), one of the country's wealthiest CEOs. As Patty battles Frobisher and his attorney, Ellen learns what it takes to win at all costs -- and that lives, not just fortunes, are at stake.
Smart, sleek, and more than a little wicked, the Golden Globe-winning series Damages proves that legal programs don't have to follow a well-worn formula in order to prove completely addictive. In fact, the show (from Todd and Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman, whose credits include The Sopranos) steers clear from nearly all courtroom drama clichés over the course of its 13 episodes, and hews closer to classic film noir with the slowly-spun web of deceit that is woven around fresh-scrubbed lawyer Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne). After joining the legal firm headed by uber-powerful litigator Patty Hewes (Glenn Close, who won a Golden Globe for her performance), Parsons lands a career-making case--a class-action lawsuit against millionaire Arthur Frobisher (Golden Globe nominee Ted Danson)--but discovers that digging deeply into the case not only reveals layers of corruption, cover-up, and potential scandal, but places her own life in jeopardy as well. Smart, mature writing and note-perfect performances, most notably by Danson as the perverse and complex Frobisher, but also by Tate Donovan, Zeliko Ivanek, Peter Facinelli, Philip Bosco and Peter Reigert, make Damages a genuine pleasure for law and mystery show fans, but also those craving a challenging series that delivers water cooler chat material in every episode. The three-disc set includes all 13 episodes as well as deleted scenes; among the featured extras are two choice commentaries, one with Close, the Kesslers and Zelman, and the other with Ivanek and the creators, both of which are chock-full of production and technical insights. A 30-minute making-of featurette, discussions about the characters by the creators, and a guide to class-action lawsuits rounds out the fine supplemental features. --Paul Gaita
Keeps me interested.
Ted Danson is great. Was maybe the third episode when I recalled Cheers.
Glen Close is always great but especially in an evil genius role although... Read more
I am baffled as to why this series is so popular. There are so many holes in the story lines, cheap shortcuts in the plots and some lousy acting not to mention embarrassingly poor... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Philip Anania
Product arrived when promised and performs as expected, very good valuePublished 19 days ago by Wolf
Interesting series. Too much time spent summarizing previous events at the beginning of each episode.Published 1 month ago by Practical Man
I'll review Season 1 since that's the only one I've seen, and I give it 4.5 Stars. The first episode hooked and reeled me in straight-away, a cinematic fisherman hunting for... Read morePublished 2 months ago by classicalsteve
We are finding it very difficult to watch and the characters are not very compelling.Published 3 months ago by Austin Walters
It says quite a bit about television these days when Hollywood movie stars agree to do a dramatic series. (Such a jump would have been unthinkable 20 years ago. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Mikels
Great drama, excellent characters, plot line keeps you guessing. Suspenseful and entertaining.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
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|If I think Trial Lawyers are scum, can I still enjoy this show||
The program is a detailed, sophisticated, multi dimensional, multi layered soap opera whose genesis is the initial career choice of the heroine, played by Rose Byrne (beautiful, and not a trace of her native accent). It's such an intelligent show, and there's so much more to it than the... Read More
May 16, 2009 by marietta68 | See all 2 posts
|Subtitles. Amazon says English/French....||
Subtitles are ONLY in French. Bummer!
Dec 2, 2008 by *JenB* | See all 5 posts
|Blu-ray for other seasons?||
This is an old thread, but just in case anyone else comes looking for this answer: the Blu-ray version of the first season did not sell well enough for Sony to justify releasing the other seasons that way, which is why they aren't available. They just never discontinued the Blu-ray of the first... Read More
Jul 17, 2013 by Jake | See all 2 posts
|Damages: Disc 3||
Disc 3 has the 11th, 12th, and the 13th (finale) episodes, so yeah you're missing a big chunk of the show if you skip disc 3.
Jan 11, 2009 by Anthony | See all 3 posts
|Question about the release date?||
The second season of Damages isn't set to even go into production until early next year, though it seems unlikely if the strike continues.
I think the early release of the DVDs is to give the show time to garner an audience during the off-season. It's no secret that the ratings were... Read More
Dec 5, 2007 by Sam | See all 2 posts
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